RSPO certification helps smallholders increase yields, penetrate international markets, improve their livelihoods, and reduce the risk of land conversion. Certification is a symbol of credibility and proof of sustainable practice in operations.

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Benefits to smallholders

management practices

Better quality
fresh fruit bunches (FFB)

Increased yield
and access to markets

Steps towards certification:

Form a group and assign a manager, whether an individual or an entity
Develop an Internal Control System (ICS) for group management
Facilitate training to ensure compliance with RSPO Principles & Criteria
Join RSPO as a member
Once ready, the Group Manager can approach a Certification Body for auditing

For smallholders, certification can be a complicated exercise, requiring funding, training, and guidance. This is why the RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) has been established to aid smallholders through the process.


Number of RSPO Smallholders (Schemed and Independent)

166,784 individuals

Total Smallholders RSPO certified area

521,448 ha

Global Volume of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil

13.48 million mt

Volume of RSPO CSPO produced by Smallholders (Schemed and Independent)

1.73 million mt

Total of RSPO certified area globally

3.6 million ha

Percentage of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil over global palm oil


Percentage of Smallholders certified sustainable palm oil over total volume of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil


Source : RSPO Market Data, February 2016